I could write a long diatribe about the events surrounding the death of Michael Brown, the subsequent grand jury decision not to indict Officer Wilson, and the unrest in Ferguson both after Michael’s death and last night after the release of the grand jury decision. I could write about violence, race, and police authority in this country. And I still might, but the words escape me at the moment.
Instead, I’m going to take my cue from Michael Brown’s parents, who throughout this ordeal have implored the public to maintain calm. The last line of their statement regarding the grand jury’s decision is both telling of their strength following the death of their son and of the greater call to all of us to change that which we see as unjust in this nation.
Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference.